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If Together, Community Means Unity

SeSTA believes that Self Help Groups can be an effective platform to empower women and help them resolve issues by reducing their vulnerability.

Strengthening Women Collectives

Improving overall wellbeing of rural communities through development Processes collectively led by women from the community.

Diverse Livelihood Activities

SeSTA is promoting commercial pig rearing, mushroom cultivation and small ruminants among other diverse livelihoods.

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With the aim to initiate socio-economic development in the North East region of India, a group of young professionals with years of experience from PRADAN (Professional Assistance For Development Action), founded Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA) in 2011. The name SeSTA pronounced as ‘Chesta’ means ‘Effort’ in Assamese. A professionally managed and evolving not-for-profit organization, SeSTA is registered under Societies Registration Act (SRA), 1860.

SeSTA has been actively engaged with the most vulnerable, especially women and their collectives and young members of the communities, in the rural north-eastern region of India (Assam, in particular) facilitating them from a position of ill-being to well-being. SeSTA works towards a vibrant local community with secure and sustainable livelihoods, functional governance systems and a prevailing sense of harmony. Engagement with rural communities, especially in the tribal populated pockets of Assam to begin with and later expanding to other states of North East India, is SeSTA‘s priority.

Our Impact

Directly present in 100 villages
spread across 0 districts,
0 Blocks

in 2 States

Working with 1000 Women

organized under SHG platform- a democratic institution owned and managed by women

Entrepreneurial skills of communities are channelized through the promotion of 0 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO)
comprising of 1000 members
Employment support to around 100 CRP (Community Resource Person) & CSPs (Community Service Provider)

working with SeSTA currently

Provided 1000 Families

with Livelihood support

Food security increased of 1000 Families

through SRI paddy cultivation

Trained over 1000 grass root workers

in various states of North East with support from SLRMS

India Development Marketplace Award 2014 by World Bank

Chief Minister’s Best Action Award for Community Development for Bongaigaon district in 2014

Let's hear from people

“SeSTA is the reflection of sheer dedication and commitment of a bunch of young professionals in voluntary sector. When youths are so committed, they are going to succeed. However, it would not have been possible without the help of our esteemed donors, partner organizations and the beneficiaries who bestowed their confidence on us. Over the years we could touch lives of about 20,000 families by improving livelihood through leveraging existing resources and skill sets. It is heartwarming to see thousands of empowered women in far flung areas whose stories are inspiring many. I hope such co-operation of all stake holders will continue in the years to come in our journey to empower needy from the marginal sections of the society."

Dr. Anjanta Phatowali
Former Chairperson, SeSTA

"Nowadays, we hear a lot of corruption in NGO at various levels and I have read articles claiming that 99% of NGOs are money making devices. There are however some which fall in the remaining 1%. I firmly believe that SeSTA is one of them and two pillars of the organisation are integrity and professionalism. SeSTA also facilitated multiple visits to the remote areas where the work can be seen firsthand and interact with the people of the region. The impact it creates in the lives of people is heartwarming and for people like us, it is indeed an eye opener."

Sidhartha Sarat Bardoloye
Informatica Business Solutions, Sr. Product Manager

“The Village Organisation (VO) helps us to get need-based livelihood specific training and enhance our food security. Earlier we never did SRI and had no idea about it as we were only aware of our traditional method of paddy cultivation. In addition to SRI, now we are also involved in vegetable cultivation, horticulture and organic manure preparation, vermin composting and organic pest medicine preparation”

Debojani Barman
VO member, Name of the village

Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Assam’s agriculture productivity is lower than the national productivity. Similar is the situation in other agriculture allied activities. To address this issue, SeSTA works with rural families on improved Package of Practices across the NE region. In the remote Barketri block of Nalbari district, we have started work in 12 villages through better management practices and diversifying livelihoods portfolio. Women farmers of these villages are driving this initiative. Presenting glimpses of our work in this season.
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Many of our heroes have laid their lives so that we can celebrate this day. We always bow before you for this gift of freedom. May we always have freedom to choose, freedom to dream and freedom to live with dignity. Jai Hind. #SeSTA#Bongaigaon#Independence day celebration.
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Happy independence day to all 😃
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Glimpses of Exhibition visited by Sarbananda Sonowal, Honorable Chief Minister, Assam and Naba Doley, Honorable Minister, Panchayat & Rural Development, Assam in the Foundation stone laying ceremony of 1 lakh PMAY-G on 6th Aug, 2019 at Sarusajai Sports Complex Guwahati. SeSTA has exhibited it’s farm and off farm based livelihood model for small and marginalised farmers being implemented in 5 districts of Assam supported by ASRLM.
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
SeSTA is implementing Tribal Development Fund Project of NABARD in 9 revenue villages of Sankarghola GP under Boitamari Block of Bongaigaon District. The Wadi approach under TDF in the tribal pockets of Bongaigaon district of Assam will help in long term sustainable livelihood development of 200 families. The program is mostly orchard based for landholding farmers with areca nut as the main component, intercropping with lemon and coconut as boundary crops. The model is developed for half acre and one acre of land to cover 183 families followed by Backyard Poultry farming for farmers having half acre of land. Total 17 landless farmers will be doing piggery under the project. Some of the other components of the project also includes- Soil conservation, Water resource Management, Community Health and Women development
SeSTA started the Wadi approach from April 2019. The process started with concept seeding in the villages about the project followed by exposure of the community to RARS Gossaigaon for identifying the saplings. Two on-field trainings on Horticultural crops and intercropping was conducted by KVK Bongaigaon and resource person from CML. SeSTA professional helped in preparing proper layout and land preparation of the farmers. Recently DDM (NABARD) Bongaigaon has visited the Wadis on 22nd July. As of now, SeSTA has finished the first plantation process with 84 families covering an area of 57.50 acres of land.
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)
Our journey started with three blocks, and we are happy to complete a certain part of our journey, also there is something that we don’t want to have an end point. Mushalpur of Baksa District is now the 21st block of our presence.

We had a round table consultation meet at District Centre, Baksa where many stakeholders such as KVK, Directorate of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Agriculture Department, SHGs, and NGO partners Sanjog, Novodaya, WWF took part .

Journey started with 3 blocks, and we are happy to complete a certain part of our journey. There is something that we don’t want to have an end point, we have increased our presence to Mushalpur Block of Baksa District, Assam. SestaSeven photo

For SorolaTudu and her family, the setting sun meant many hours of darkness. For this Adivasi family and others like them, in this remote village of Gurusingpara in Chirang district of Assam, kerosene lamps were the…

Preparation for floating vegetable garden #SCI #SeSTA at #Ujani Majuli block #MKSP #Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission (ASRLM).

SeSTA conducted a one day workshop with line departments on 20th May at #Chapar salkocha block of Dhubri district. The objectives of the workshop was to bring all the stakeholders to one platform and share about the…

To commemorate #International Women’s Day on 8th MARCH, #”Swayong Siddho” a newly formed Women Collective of around 3000 women from 300 #Self Help Groups promoted by #SeSTA

A two day exposure visit was taken from Bezera block to Boitamati and Borobazar block of Bongaigaon and Chirang district respectively for understanding the process and norms of…

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